American born player to make Japan debut

Daniel Schmidt the 26-year-old is looking at picking up his first cap for Japan this week when his country takes on Panama followed by Uruguay. The American born player who has lived in Japan since the age of two is said to be very excited about the chance. 

This week the Japan national side trained as they prepared for their clash with Panama on Friday, with the match taking place in Niigata. After training the media caught up with Schmidt and the Vegalta Sendai player said: "I have had time playing in the lower leagues (J League 2) and am excited to be picked for Japan."

The player then talked about getting used to being part of the squad. While he said he would give 100% if given the chance to play. 

The player has been on pretty good form for his club as he as kept very busy with his team still fighting relegation in the J League 1. He did, however, made a mistake against V-Varen Nagasaki when he came for a ball and missed it. This allowed V-Varen Nagasaki to score into an empty net and win the match 1-0. 

Let's hope the mistake is now behind him and if called on for Japan he is able to perform to his maximum. 

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